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Old 07-27-2016, 10:22 AM   #1
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Stranger Things came out on Netflix last week -- just started it a few days ago and I'm totally hooked. Is anyone else watching it? It was advertised as a "highly Spielbergian sci fi set in the 80s." You can literally call out the Jaws, ET and Poltergeist references. There was at least one Jurassic Park/dead goat reference. It also has a strong Stand By Me/Goonies vibe.
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Old 07-27-2016, 11:50 AM   #2
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How about all the Stephen King references? Great show.

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Old 07-27-2016, 08:49 PM   #3
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Watched 4 episodes and couldn't go on. I'm a big Sci-fi fan and I found it really unoriginal; everything has been done before and full of cliches.

From the first episode, I already felt a strong E.T./Super 8 vibe to it. Then it started to meander to Alien/Silent Hill/Poltergeist territory, and so forth. Every minute it was like playing 'Spot the homage' game.

But I guess it will appeal greatly to casual Sci-fi fans. Its production and cast are top notch.
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Old 07-31-2016, 08:43 AM   #4
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Watched 4 episodes and couldn't go on. I'm a big Sci-fi fan and I found it really unoriginal; everything has been done before and full of cliches.

From the first episode, I already felt a strong E.T./Super 8 vibe to it. Then it started to meander to Alien/Silent Hill/Poltergeist territory, and so forth. Every minute it was like playing 'Spot the homage' game.

But I guess it will appeal greatly to casual Sci-fi fans. Its production and cast are top notch.
Pretty sure they were doing that entirely on purpose.
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Old 07-31-2016, 08:55 AM   #5
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There was a great 80s-90s band called Pop Will Eat Itself. They weren't wrong.

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Old 08-01-2016, 06:53 AM   #6
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Loved it, best show I've seen in awhile. I for one love the references, and I think it just goes to show there are no original ideas, but you can combine them in new and interesting ways to tell a really compelling story.
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Old 08-01-2016, 07:31 AM   #7
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Every review I've read about this show goes on and on about the homages, but it seems like no one is talking about the actual story, and I'm wondering if that's because there's nothing really there?

It's no big secret that America has hit a wall, culturally speaking, where the dominant trend is towards Karaoke, reboots, fan fiction and a Broadway full of jukebox musicals.

Nostalgia is nice, but there's something awfully depressing about all this.

Hurry up, someone go pitch a suspense thriller series set in the 60's with lots of nods to Hitchcock!
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Old 08-01-2016, 09:37 PM   #8
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Loved it. So did my kids. The surprise hit of the summer.
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Old 08-02-2016, 07:14 AM   #9
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This show was pretty amazing. Loved it.
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Old 08-02-2016, 03:14 PM   #10
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Excellent show.

But now suddenly I'm reading lots of scripts from clients set in 1983...
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